Statement on the passing of Newark TSA officer after contracting COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021

NEWARK, N.J. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Newark Liberty International Airport TSA Officer Randolph “Randy” Muniz, 71, who passed away on Dec. 31, 2020, after contracting COVID-19. He would have turned 72 on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Muniz was one of the original TSA officers at Newark who joined the agency in September 2002, shortly after TSA was established. As a long-standing veteran officer, he was dependable, professional and served as a role model for younger members of the Newark team. He was a fixture in Newark’s Terminal B checkpoints where he was a valued friend who was always willing to share a story and support his fellow officers. His passing saddens all members of the Newark workforce, so many of whom called him their friend and colleague and now mourn his loss.

Muniz was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force prior to continuing to serve the nation in his role with TSA.

TSA offers heartfelt condolences to Muniz’s wife, extended family, his TSA colleagues and his friends. He is the 13th TSA employee to pass away after contracting COVID-19 and he will be remembered for his dedication and service. Muniz is the third member of the Newark Liberty International Airport TSA team to lose his life after contracting COVID-19. Newark TSA Explosives Detection Canine Handler Francis “Frank” Boccabella III passed away on April 2, 2020, and TSA Officer Mark Barisonek passed away on April 28, 2020.

Muniz’s passing reminds the entire TSA workforce of the deadly seriousness of the pandemic. We remain committed to our continuing precautions and protections for the safety and health of our workforce and airline travelers.